Friday, 29 June 2012

Cardmaking Online - Distress Ink Tutorial

On behalf of Cardmaking Online I have created this tutorial to showcase Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Distress Inks are a collection of 36 acid-free, non-toxic, fade resistant, water-based dye inks. They’re perfect for creating new vintage, stained or aged effects on altered books, scrapbook pages, cards and paper craft projects. These inks produce a realistic, weathered look on paper, photos and decorative fibers. The colorful Distress Inks afford added versatility when photo tinting and color layering and the 2" x 2" pads are made with a higher raised felt for easier use with direct to paper techniques. And when the ink pads become a little dry you can replenish them with Distress Reinkers.

In this tutorial I have used five different Distress Inks to decorate a tag. I have used a few different application techniques to create different textures and effects.

To achieve a great result with these inks I recommend using medium to heavy weight card, especially if layering a few inks as the ink stays wet longer than other inks. I also recommend usig a non-stick craft sheet to protect your work surface.

Please read all instructions before commencing

Photograph 1


1.  To apply Distress Ink to card using the blending technique, as I did to the above tag, dab your sponging block (or blending tool) onto a Distress Ink pad then working in a circular motion apply the ink to all the edges of the tag. Start working on your non-stick craft sheet  then gradually circle the sponge over the edges of your project and work your way in. 

This is a great way to give an 'aged' appearance to your project, including photographs and patterned paper.

In this first step I used antique linen ink to sponge the edges (photograph 1) then blended brushed corduroy ink over the top and towards the centre of the tag (photograph 2).  I recommend applying your lightest ink first then bring in touches of darker ink, as I did in photographs 2 and 3 below.

Photograph 2

Photograph 3

 2.  In photograph 3 I very lightly blended aged mahogony ink across the whole tag, again using a sponging block, paying particular attention to the edges. You can see where the ink has intensified where it has touched a slight crease on the tag.


Photograph 4

3.  To add a more of a 'distressed' look to my tag I wiped fired brick ink directly onto my non-stick craft sheet then placed the tag in the ink before carefully lifting it off (photograph 4). I had a couple of un-inked areas on the tag so I simply placed those areas back onto any left over ink on the sheet.

Photograph 5


4.  Whilst the fired brick ink was still wet I used my Mini mister bottle to give the tag a light spray with water, which intensified the colour, then I flicked a few drops of water onto the tag to create a weathered effect. What I especially love about these inks is that they were made to be used with water - the inks will "wick" and travel across the surface of your project when spritzed with water creating several tone on tones; however the colors will not break down when wet.

Direct to Paper

5.  As a final touch I wiped vintage photo ink over the very edges of the tag using the ink pad (photograph 5).

So you can see in just a couple of minutes a plain tag can be brought to life with lots of colour and a couple of quick and simple techniques. You can use as many inks as you like, I chose to layer eathy colours but there are many pretty colours available including hues of blue, green, pink and yellow.
Distress Ink can also be applied to a number of mediums including Distress Crackle Paint, ribbon and many fibers. It can be used to great effect on satin flowers too. On this occasion I used it to hand-dye a flower I had die-cut out of white tissue paper using my Cuttlebug machine and a Marianne Design Creatable rose die. I double-distressed the flower by scrunching it up first before sponging on a small quantity of antique linen ink. I then sponged on a little fired brick ink and assembled the flower by securing it in the middle with a small brad then glued it to the tag along with a hand cut stem and leaf.

And here is the finished tag...

Sponging block / Blending tool
Tissue paper

Monday, 18 June 2012

Cardmaking Online - Male 'Just For You' card

Photo One

Here's a card I have made on behalf of Cardmaking Online. As you can see I made this one with my father in mind. It features a screw driver Luxury Card Layer which I have sprayed with silver Glimmer Mist to enhance the screw driver cut outs and basically make it more masculine (it was cream in its original form). I also used a cArt-Us brick embossing folder on the raspberry ColorCore card and sanded the black ColorCore card to give it a worn appearance. This is all layered onto iron plate patterned paper.

Luxury Card Layers are so versatile and come many different styles. Check them out here.

Here's some instructions  and a supplies list for this card:

1. Place the screw driver Luxury Card Layer onto a non-stick craft sheet and spray with silver Glimmer Mist and allow to dry.

2.  Trim your Iron Plate paper to 130 mm x 130 mm; raspberry ColorCore card to 65 mm x 95 mm; and nightfall ColorCore card to 40 mm x  55 mm.

3.  Distress the edges of your paper and card using a paper distresser then adhere the Iron Plate paper to your white base card using double-sided tape.

4.  Use your Cuttlebug machine or other die-cutting machine and the brick wall embossing folder to emboss the raspberry card. I chose to emboss the 'bricks' rather than the 'cement'.

Photo Two

5.  Use a Sand It Gadget or other sanding tool to sand the top of the bricks on the raspberry card and over the entire surface of the nightfall card to reveal the lighter colour underneath. This gives the pieces a 'worn' appearance.

6.  Once the mist has dried on your luxury card layer use foam squares to mount the nightfall card onto the raspberry card and double-sided tape to mount the raspberry card onto the luxury card layer as shown in photo two.

7.  Use a craft knife to carefully lift your peel-off sentiment off its backing sheet and place it onto the nightfall card. I chose 'Just For You' and 'Father'. Then carefully peel off individual wavy lines from the Mini Ornaments peel-off sheet and place various lengths onto the raspberry card and Luxury Card Layer as shown in photo two.

 Photo Three

8.  Cut two pieces of raspberry card to fit within the die-cut screw driver handle as shown in photo three. TIP: I placed the card underneath the handle area then traced around the edges of the handle to get an approximate size. I then trimmed the pieces to the exact size using decoupage scissors

9.  Adhere the two pieces of cut card to the reverse side of the luxury card layer using glue and tiny strips of tape as shown in photo three. You could also use glue dots for this as it can be a bit tricky to use tape without it showing.

10.  Wipe the edges of the luxury card layer with barn door Distress Ink

11.  Use double-sided tape to adhere the main section of the luxury card layer to the base card and use glue or glue dots to adhere the die-cut sections.

12.  Place the front of the card onto a perforating mat and use a pokey tool to punch a small hole in each corner of the Iron Plate paper. Secure a brad of your choice in each hole.

Your card is now complete.

Perforating Mat
Sakura Quickie Glue
Scotch Tape
Distress Ink - Barn Door
 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in silver - or you could use Perfect Pearls Mist
Paper Distresser

Well, thanks for stopping by my blog.

Wishing you a wonderful day.


Monday, 4 June 2012

Floral Glitter Card

Here's my latest project on behalf of Cardmaking Online, a pretty floral-themed card featuring handmade white glitter card. Making your own glitter card couldn't be easier. Here's how...

1.  To make the white glitter flowers use your Cuttlebug Machine and Marianne Design Creatables Die LR0145 to die-cut a selection of flowers from white card (I used the largest four dies in the set).

TIP: you can make your own glitter card using any colour of glitter - to achieve the best result use the same colour card.

Photograph 1

2.  Squeeze a blob of Glossy Accents onto your craft sheet, about the size of a 10 cent coin, then sprinkle Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter onto the Glossy Accents. Mix the two together using a paint brush (photograph 1).

Photograph 2

3. Paint each of your white flowers with the glitter mixture and allow to dry for 15 minutes. TIP: It helps to use a positioning tool to hold your flowers steady whilst you paint them (photograph 2).

 4.  Repeat step 1 this time using silver glitter card.

Photograph 3

5.  Assemble five flowers as shown in photograph 3. Use a mix of white and silver die-cuts. Curl the edges of the largest and smallest die-cuts upwards and the edges of the middle die-cut downwards. Place a small foam square in the centre of the largest die-cut and a short piece of double-sided tape in the centre of the middle die-cut. 

6. Using the Zig 2 Way Glue wipe around the edges of the white base card and sprinkle Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter over the top. Flick the back for the card to remove any excess glitter onto a clean sheet of paper and return the excess glitter to the container.

7. Place one completed flower in each 'petal' of the white base card.

8. Use your Cuttlebug Machine and a Spellbinders Small Circle die to cut a circle out of white card. With the die-cut still in the die run it through the machine again this time with an embossing mat to emboss the circle.

9. Repeat step 8 with the Spellbinders Small Scalloped Circle die and silver glitter card.

10. Use double-sided tape to adhere the white circle to the glitter scalloped circle. Foam mount the glitter scalloped circle to the centre of the card and add your greeting.

Your card is now complete.

Spellbinders Die - Small Circles
Spellbinders Die - Small Scalloped Circles
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